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Great days out
Member Name: sallyleics
Advantages: Plenty of places to visit, interesting for people of all ages
Disadvantages: Not found any
I joined the national trust at the begining of the summer holidays after a friend suggested we went to a local national trust property that has a great play area for children. It was going to cost £16 for my daughter and I to get in so I decided a years membership for £46 would be well worth while - this is the single parent deal as I wanted something to do in the week with her while Dad was at work, family membership is £61 by direct debit. I then discovered I could get 20% cashback by going through a cash back website so I only needed to make 3 visits to be up on the deal.
We have had some great days out. For any Midlanders I would particularly recommend Belton House for a day out with the kids as the adventure playground is fantastic and seems to amuse anyone from tots to teens. My daughter (6) also thoroughly enjoyed a trip to Hardwick Hall, which did not appear especially child friendly at first glance, but she was fasinated by the tales of Bess of Hardwick, spend some time exploring the ruins of the old hall and had to be positively dragged away from the rose gardens.
All the national trust properties we have visited have had good restaurants, clean toliets and nice outdoor picnic areas so I sometimes stop off at one just to break up a long journey and have something to eat.
Many of the properties close for the winter so it is something you need to make the most of during the summer. However I see on their website there are some lovely Christmas things planned including decoration making for children, viewing some of the properties with the Christmas decorations up and carol singing which I am sure will be fantastic in some of the great halls - note there is often and extra charge for special events like this.
All in all I think national trust membership has been a great deal for us. Keeping the children amused during the holidays can be an expensive hobby and this way there is plenty to do for a fairly modest membership fee. Your money is also helping to conserve some wonderful places.
Summary: A great deal
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